Xhaka hoping Alexis stays, thinks Ozil will

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Granit Xhaka says he’s hoping Arsenal can keep hold of Alexis Sanchez this summer and praised Mesut Ozil for helping him settle in England.

Speculation is rife that the Gunners’ star duo, who are both out of contract at the Emirates in 12 months time, could be sold when the transfer window opens next month.

It’s a situation that threatens to cast a shadow over Arsene Wenger’s shadow with Xhaka admitting that Sanchez has the qualities to play for any team in the world.

“I hope [Alexis doesn’t leave], of course,” the Swiss told Sport Bild [translated by Sport Witness] in Germany.

“He has qualities on the pitch which are incomprehensible. He has made many goals, and is also enormously important outside.

“Alexis can play with every world team – just like Mesut Ozil.

“I have been able to play with many great players, but these two stick out.”

On whether Ozil will stay, Xhaka added: “I think so. I owe him a lot, he helped me a lot at first.”

The 24-year-old also reflected on his debut season at Arsenal; one that ended with him making 46 appearances and an FA Cup medal.

“I had the second most games in the squad, I couldn’t expect more personally.

“Unfortunately, we have missed our goal of coming in the top four, although we have made four points more than last season when Arsenal finished second.

“But I think we can be satisfied with the last third of the season, and winning the FA Cup has given us and our fans a bit more.”

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My wig smells cheesy

Be right Granit. Please be right…

Tommygun

I am not entirely convinced that he will leave you know. Bayern appear to have been put off by his wage demands and I can’t see us selling to a PL rival. He could see out his contract and then go but then he will be a year older and will probably not command quite as much in terms of salary. He may take the view that actually he can start earning a large amount straight away. I know he is not purely focused on money and he wants to win things but he has won quite a bit in his career and this contract is his last big payday. He also has some close friendships in the team, likes London and is the top dog. His agent could be posturing to get the best deal possible with Arsenal. This may all be wishful thinking but he has not gone yet!

Paul

Good lad. Picked up during the season so can start from a good place next season.

David C

3 CBs helped him stay on his feet and avoid as much tackling. His quick medium/long passes were excellent especially towards the end of the year. I hope we stay with this formation.

Mein Bergkampf

Says it all that the goal was to reach the top four. Granit has only been here a season and he knows the drill…

VintageFuzz

I think it’s a case of once the title was out of reach the goal was to at least get in the top 4.

Bosscielny

Keep in mind that this is a translation.

a different George

You can never be sure, but I’ve seen enough from Xhaka to think he will be a mainstay for many years.

Mein Bergkampf

I’m not so sure, he doesn’t seem injury prone and has a good work ethic.

Vehcede

What a comment mein bergkampf *tips hat*

a different George

Too cynical for me.

Wright on the money

I can see Ozil staying as no clubs are after him but Sanchez will go I just hope it’s not to City or another premier league club.

If Sanchez is going now is the time while we can try get what money we won’t for him after a great season and before he can go for free.

Just hope we can get the right players to replace them if they go.

Alex

No club SEEMS to be after Özil, but you can’t seriously think that no club would like to get him if he were to be available.

Wright on the money

There are better players, younger and maybe cheaper than Ozil out there.

Zyrth

Isn’t transfers usually kept secret from the public? I mean I personally don’t subscribe to what the rumor mill churns out.

Paul b

At 1st discipline was an issue…now hes sorted that out i dont think he gets the praise he deserves as one of a few positives of the season…his passing and eye for a pass is second to none….hopefully only way is up for him to be one of the first names on the teamsheet

Martin

I personally liked him right away. Unfairly criticised and still not appreciated in some quarters. I think he willl turn out to be one of Wenger’s best buys

Martin

Thumbs down proves my point.

Mesut O\'Neill

Yeah the 1 thumbs down really proved your point.

Martin

That was an early response. I’m pleased I was wrong.

Kay Adeniyan

Alexis should stay with Ozil to make the team firm.

I\'ve seen us win 10 FA Cups
I\'ve seen us win 10 FA Cups

Gotta love Granit. Solid as a rock.

Thank you, I’m here every Tuesday, matinees only. I recommend the veal.

santori

I feel the club will resolve to try and keep one of either Ozil or Alexis.

The former looks the more likely as the latter has plenty of suitors for his energy and endeavor.

What worries me is the numbers Wenger is talking about coming in.

Wenger is generally excellent in the market but he fails himself in being over conservative or over hopeful on internal development and not getting that extra one quality player each season.

Last season it was midfield that was slightly short with Jack going out on loan and reliance on Santi staying fit.

This summer, with potentially Alexis going out we will need IMO at least 4 to revamp the squad not the 2-3 he is adamant will do.

Even IF we signed Kolasinac (which takes care rightly of Lback/Left wingback), and maybe we land Mbappe (for all our transfer kitty), we will need at least one more in central midfield to complement Granit/Ramsey/Coq regardless of Santi being available (which should be viewed as a bonus strictly). Elneny is not good enough but likely will stay on periphery bc of lack of demand.

AND to replace the Chilean, it may not be enough to simply have Mbappe alone.

We are in dire need of some nuance and invention to complement Bellerin on right wing. Maybe Ox is earmarked for the role (double wing backs) but an injury to Ox will leave us short.

Walcott IMO should be sold on. I think he is still effective but lacks implementation through 90 minutes and tends to not have enough guile given already advance age in football.

Maybe the solution if Wenger is to limit his ambitions to a capture of Mbappe at most cost would be to bring someone in who can provide a bit of wing play cover but also re-role into central midfield if need be.

But you get the feeling we need two in attacking second line to replace Alexis if he departs even IF Mbappe should be signed.

Someone like Konoplyanka IMO at Schalke on loan from Sevilla is perfectly gettable and will add playmaking ability in addition (should Ozil get knocked)

But unlike say an Arda Turan, I’m not sure if the Ukranian can have a dual role deeper in midfield if need be. Price for these players will be an issue if we continue to get distracted by Mbappe’s inflationary cost. In which case we may sacrifice balance and cover in the squad at the expense of.

The other player that perhaps Wenger considers may step up is Iwobi. Personally I feel he has the attributes to be developed into the centre of midfield better than the Ox.

He has the strength and technical skills but also vision for the pass from deep.

I would personally play Ramsey higher and develop Iwobi into deep midfield next to Granit but that will take some time to bed in and we do ourselves no harm to get extra (experienced) cover aside from Santi next season in the CRiTICAL engine room which I hope we are not in danger of neglecting again.

Heavenly Chapecoense

”Wenger is generally excellent in the market”, you mean the underestimated no-name players market ? In terms of proven players, it has only been Sanchez, Ozil and perhaps Arshavin over a period of 13 years. You said we were short in midfield because Jack was loaned but the reason he left was that too many players in his position and fear he wouldn’t get game time. El Neny definitely has it in the locker and Wenger is not using him enough, wait and see.

Art Van delay

Man, you do go on.

Ben

Are you Konoployanka’s agent?

JNG

Future captain, this one.

a different George

I think he captained Switzerland this past weekend.

Gooner223

Agreed. I really don’t know if he can emulate Vieira, but I still appreciate his physicality. Frankly, who doesn’t desire a physical presence from your captain? Add Holding, with his no fucks given approach – kinda, sorta appears that we’re building a solid defence, again. Possibly.

Tom Gun

“We missed our goal of coming in the top four”

More proof of Arsenal expectations. I would love it if I heard someone say “We missed our goal of winning the Prem or possibly Champions League. Then to not even come in the top four was a huge disappointment.”

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the difficulty of winning Prem or Champs League, but I’d like to see it as their goal. Worrying insight in to squad’s mentality and lack of winning mentality.

Penfield

“Unfortunately we’ve missed our goal of coming in the top four”

Err.. more importantly we missed our goal of winning the league.

Philip

The formation change helped … as did staying on his feet. The two may be related, but once sorted, he was able to play to his strengths — with good result.

Determined Culture

Just so happy that we switched to a 352 and suddenly it suits many of our players. It’s given granit the platform n stsbility at the back foe him to spray passes and control the midfield. It has also given aaeon freedom to bomb forward into the box whilw the back 5 provide good cover. It’s also helped us in mesut’s lack of tracking back. Ox has also benefitted from it in that he’s got more space to run into. Stick to this and add that 1 quality striker and we could be in for the title!

An Ox-sized Coq

Just as important as the switch to the back three, the partnership of Ramsey and Xhaka really gave stability to the team.

santori

I mean if we lose Alexis, unlikely but I’m hoping we add 2 more quality players to the secondary attacking line behind Giroud/Welbeck.

I don’t think we have enough funds for both Mahrez and Mbappe but that would indeed be strengthening if we had both plus Ozil, Ox and Ramsey.

It will still leave nothing though for deep midfield where we have Granit, Coquelin, Ramsey and possibly Iwobi (in addition to the mediocre Elneny) playing there.

Santi may be able to regain fitness but cannot be relied upon to do so. Jack (since it is Wcup year) may still prefer to exit although he could be useful if in the squad and again, fit.

One alternative is to have a player who has dual function in wide area and can role into deep midfield. Say maybe an older head like Turan (strictly a quick fix short term) although it also complicates things that Barca want our Bellerin.

The other maybe is to get a recently retired player to hold as reserve for 6 months on loan till Santi can stand on his feet again. Say someone like Xabi Alonso who is still quality and experience when need be and can come in for free plus salaries.

Whether Walcott stays or leaves is also an issue. I suspect if the gaffer is reluctant to let him go to a rival (bc it is less likely,he goes overseas bc of his technical skills or lack thereof), it may influence Wenger on the extra wide man to bring into the secondary attacking line.

As we have seen with France, two quick and technically gifted players like Dembele and Mbappe for France ran England riot playing off of Giroud (and even without the big man as an extra threat)

If we have Mahrez and Mbappe with Ozil or Ramsey in middle, Ox rotating in as well, it should be good enough to replace Alexis and possibly more in longer term.

But its Wenger. So he may shoot himself in the foot again and deem one extra player there sufficient,maybe a downgrade from the lofty bid for Mbappe to a Lacazette (weird considering we already have Theo) or worse a Lemar who albeit good isn’t quite the same as Alexis as Mahrez can be (or Mbappe), or a combo of the two which isn’t entirely an upgrade IMO energywise.

And we may also run the risk that Wenger will feel we are sufficient deep midfield with Elneny lurking who frankly adds nothing special.

One injury to Granit in deep midfield and we will lose the passing precision and quick release from deep.

Trouble is we can’t buy too many top end either bc they all want starting berth given next year is 2018. So the buys have to be slightly nuanced and in consideration of what we already have.

Plenty to ponder.

Rossi88

Note for next season, the goal is to WIN the league. Not top 4.

Heihaci

Expect Ozil to stay. I doubt many clubs are interested in Ozil with his inconsistency

Stringer Bell

Another example of some sheep like mentality Arsenal fan buying into the media narrative.

Stringer Bell

That’s the ozil comment I’m replying to

heihaci

not sheep mentality. I watch him play and I’m basing it off his performance.
Please feel free to dispute my statement with facts etc

Stringer Bell

More assists than anyone in last two years. 28 last two seasons. yep you really do watch your football

Heihaci

Doesn’t prove he is consistent Gets given a break when his form dips… yes i watch my football and he does go missing in quite a few games

Alex Brizzle

He must think it’s a pretty mental team he’s joined. It’s always talked about how hard it is to adapt to the EPL and youve got to say he’s done fairly well considering he’s played alongside every Tom dick or harry in the club before settling next to Rambo, been labelled a an ADHD mentalist and seen the numerous dramas unfold within the club. But he’s actually done fairly good in there and has a great passing range that could develop if he is given a decent DM to play alongside. Probably needs to stop using Instagram though whilst driving his Range Rover… might add the whole mentalist thing

He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...
He\'s got no hair but we don\'t care...

Sanchez is gone. Sooner we believe it’s happened, the less it will hurt when it does…oh and Lacazette isn’t even fit to lace his boots.

Mootilated

why are all the players saying ”we missed our goal of top four?” …. your goal should not have been top four, it should have been the title. So that’s two goals missed.

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